December 2005

Features

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I of the Storm

Dec 1, 2005 By Paul Burka

The Gulf carried mendacity in every molecule. Its beauty, its tranquillity, was all a lie. It had created Galveston, carved out its deepwater port, tempted us with the promise of greatness, and then betrayed us.

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The Lost City

Dec 1, 2005 By Gary Cartwright

A few of the streets near what used to be downtown have familiar names, but Arlington has mutated into a disconnected clump of shopping malls, cul-de-sacs, and gated communities, faceless, soulless neighborhoods that give urban sprawl a bad name.

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Christmas in Brownsville

Dec 1, 2005 By Oscar Casares

My father, who had grown up on a farm, used to talk about his family’s killing a pig for the tamales, but this was back in the twenties.

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Flatlander

Dec 1, 2005 By Wyatt McSpadden

People have an attitude about the Panhandle, as if living there is a hardship. To this day, they offer condolences when they learn where I’m from.

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Embarrassment of Riches

Dec 1, 2005 By John Spong

At Westlake, even if your parents wouldn’t spring for Ralph Lauren, you could still work your way into the in crowd.

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Army Brat

Dec 1, 2005 By Michael Hall

More than anything, we hated the moves, the long drives in a hot car with squabbling siblings, then getting to the new post and having to be the new kid all over again.

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Me of Little Faith

Dec 1, 2005 By Jan Reid

All I know for certain about religion is that the one my mother tried so hard to pass on to me just didn’t take.

Web

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The Kid From Amarillo

Dec 1, 2005 By Dacus Thompson

Contributing photographer Wyatt McSpadden talks about open spaces, Amarillo as an oasis, and where he’s from now.

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Basic Training

Dec 1, 2005 By Laura Griffin

Senior editor Michael Hall on being a military child, growing up on a base, and starting over.

Texas Tidbits
Texas Tidbits

Dec 1, 2005 By Dacus Thompson

The pock-marked Dinosaur Valley State Park reveals an amazingly well-preserved (and somewhat checkered) prehistoric past.

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Family Matters

Dec 1, 2005 By Tosin Mfon

Writer-at-large Jan Reid on growing up, his mother, and her religion.

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An Excerpt from “Little Town Lies”

Dec 1, 2005 By Anne Strieber

Chapter 1 Sally Hopkins gave up trying to find an NPR station. They didn’t make that kind of radio out here, not on the long road back home … and maybe that was just as well. She stopped twisting the dial when she heard the faint sound of country music…

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Good Times

Dec 1, 2005 By renagarcia

Editor Evan Smith on Willie Nelson and what we could all learn from him.

Texas History 101
Texas History 101

Dec 1, 2005 By lindsaymeeks

In the late 1800’s a group of women from Bell County left their husbands to set up a communal house in Belton.

Happy Trails
Happy Trails

Dec 1, 2005 By K.K. Young

Fairfield is much more than a near-midpoint pit stop between Dallas and Houston.

Books That Cook
Books That Cook

Dec 1, 2005 By carolynjoe

The Dallas Junior Leaguers are at it again. Not only do these women volunteer some 120,000 hours at nonprofit agencies in Dallas and throughout the Metroplex, but they’re also warmly hospitable and talented in the kitchen as evidenced by their beautiful new cookbook Dallas Dish. As you might expect from…

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All the Pretty Horses

Dec 1, 2005 By Stacy Hollister

Catherine Crier, the host of Court TV’s Catherine Crier Live, on growing up in Dallas, riding and showing horses, and moving away from Texas.

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The Real World

Dec 1, 2005 By Leah Fillion

Associate editor John Spong on going to Westlake, being popular, and life after high school.

Reporter

Music Review
Lost Horizon

Dec 1, 2005 By Jeff McCord

Musicians have been exploring the majesty of the electric-guitar sound almost since the instrument’s invention, but it’s only recently that a spate of instrumental rock bands has sprung forth in dedication to it. Friends of Dean Martinez (the “ez” was added at the behest of the Dean Martin estate) was…

Music Review
Live in Austin, TX DVD/CD

Dec 1, 2005 By Jeff McCord

The long-running PBS show Austin City Limits has begun to loosen its grip on decades of peerless archives with a series of original broadcasts on DVD and companion CDs. Notable in the latest batch is Live From Austin TX (New West), a 1990 session with the short-lived supergrouping of Freddy…

Music Review
The Funk Anthology

Dec 1, 2005 By Jeff McCord

It’s hard to pinpoint why time has not built the reputation of Houston’s Johnny “Guitar” Watson. It’s not that Watson wasn’t influential—artists from Jimi Hendrix to Etta James gave him his due—and it wasn’t for a lack of hits. His seventies funk period, now collected in The Funk Anthology (Shout…

Book Review
Havoc

Dec 1, 2005 By Mike Shea

Austinite R.J. Pineiro hits plenty of high notes in his near-future techno-thriller, Havoc (Forge). The year is 2009, and a spiffy military-strength robot orb stolen from the U.S. Nanosolutions compound in Central Texas is loose in Europe. It has switched into survival mode, replicating itself and resolving to wipe out…

Book Review
Ringside Seat to a Revolution

Dec 1, 2005 By Mike Shea

Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893–1923 (Cinco Puntos) is a horseless carriage ride back to the dawn of the twentieth century, when revolution seemed to be carried around the world on the wind. And as portrayed by David Dorado Romo in…

Book Review
Against Gravity

Dec 1, 2005 By Mike Shea

An immigrant’s tale—the specter of a life abandoned, the perilous promise of a better future—can make for compelling drama. Author Farnoosh Moshiri’s forced flight from revolutionary Iran in 1983 (she would end up in Houston for a time) provides an intriguing back story for her searingly beautiful novel Against Gravity…

Willie Nelson

Dec 1, 2005 By Evan Smith

“I always thought that if I was having fun doing what I was doing and making a living doing it, then I was already successful.”

Reporter
Y’all Come Back

Dec 1, 2005 By Skip Hollandsworth

Homecoming in the town of Spur means football, the crowning of a queen, parades, pep rallies, barbecue, a bonfire, and so much more.

Columns

Where I'm From
This Month’s Contributors

Dec 1, 2005 By Texas Monthly

Roberto Parada, who illustrated the seven Where I’m From profiles, was born in North Arlington, New Jersey. Executive editor Mimi Swartz (“Midnight in the Garden of Memory,” was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Senior executive editor Paul Burka (“I of the Storm,” was born in Galveston. Writer-at-large Oscar…

Where I'm From
Richard Linklater

Dec 1, 2005 By Katy Vine

The prison affected me personally. I grew up parking cars at the prison rodeo. I had a stepfather who was a prison guard.

Where I'm From
Tish Hinojosa

Dec 1, 2005 By Katharyn Rodemann

It wasn’t until I moved away that I saw that a lot of art, a lot of what Texas is about, didn’t come only from San Antonio.

Where I'm From
Ethan Hawke

Dec 1, 2005 By Pamela Colloff

Larry McMurtry writes about how if you’re forced to leave Texas before you’re ready, before the state lets you go, you always dream of it.

Where I'm From
Kirbyjon Caldwell

Dec 1, 2005 By Mimi Swartz

One evening Ike and Tina came over for dinner to my mom and dad’s house. Tina kissed me on the forehead before I went to bed.

Where I'm From
Bob Schieffer

Dec 1, 2005 By Christopher Keyes

Whenever I go to Fort Worth, I try to take a look at the little house where we lived. It’s amazing to think about what we went through.

Where I'm From
Lynn Wyatt

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

I had no clue about the amount of magic Texas held. Texas had a persona all its own, and I was proud to be a little smidgen part of it.

Miscellany

Around the State
Around the State

Dec 1, 2005 By Texas Monthly

December—People, Places, Events, Attractions 12-2005 It’s list-checking time again up at the North Pole, so if you’ve been more naughty than nice this year, some friendly advice: Head straight to Columbus. You can plead your case directly—and ad nauseam—at the Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum, where more than two…

Rah Deal

Dec 1, 2005 By Texas Monthly

Great article about the cheerleading debate [“Flipping Out,” October 2005]. All I can say is this: It’s funny that the legislators mention “more of our young girls getting pregnant in middle and high school, dropping out of school, having babies,” when it’s the young ladies on the cheerleading squads…